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SAINT PHILIP, MAY 3, 2023


“Philip said to him, ‘Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

(John 14:8) - excerpt from today’s Mass Gospel reading

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Yesterday I shared the existence of an old heresy called Arianism - the denial of Our Lord’s divinity; the denial that Jesus is God.


This heresy began in the late 300’s and led to the formulation of the Nicene Creed to deal with it, to preserve and state clearly the core beliefs of Christianity that existed from the beginning of Christianity.


Arianism persists even till today - the belief that Jesus was a nice man but not God; otherwise, all mankind would repent and believe that God Himself has visited us and died on the cross to reconcile mankind with Himself!


We can sense our Lord’s frustration with Philip (and with us today):


“…Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9)


‘YOU’RE LOOKING AT HIM, PHILIP!!!’


“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.


Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.” (John 14:10-11)


In gratitude may our lives be consistent with the Gospel and the example of Him whom we profess.

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